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The Anfield club lodged a formal bid of £25.6 million with Anzhi Makhachkala for the Brazil international forward and are hopeful of completing the deal within the next 48 hours

By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Liverpool are confident of beating Tottenham to the signing of Brazilian winger Willian, Goal understands.

The Merseysiders hope to reach an agreement with his club Anzhi Makhachkala in the next 48 hours after lodging a formal bid of €30 million (£25.6m) for the in-demand forward.

Liverpool have indicated that they are willing to match Willian's current £85,000-a-week salary in order to convince him to move to Anfield.

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Goal understands that the Reds have also attempted to smooth negotiations with Anzhi by offering the Russian club a sell-on clause in which they would receive 50 per cent of the profits of any future sale.

Tottenham have also held talks about buying Willian, who is a long-term target of theirs, but are not yet believed to have made an offer.

The 25-year-old is expected to make a decision about his next destination by Tuesday night, with the likelihood growing that a deal could be formalised by the middle of the week.

Liverpool are looking to take advantage of the firesale at Anzhi, who are trying to offload some of their biggest earners, who also include Samuel Eto'o, in an attempt to trim costs.

Meanwhile, Aly Cissokho is expected to undertake a medical on Monday ahead of completing a season-long loan move to Liverpool from Valencia. The Merseysiders are believed to have the option to sign the French left-back on a permanent basis for around £4m in 12 months' time.

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